15 March 2018. The Second Battalion of Infantry of the Ghana Army has witnessed a Sod-Cutting Ceremony for the commencement of construction works on a Twenty-Four Unit Three-Storey accommodation facility for Senior Non-commissioned Officers of the Battalion.
The ceremony took place on Thursday, 15 March 2018, alongside the commissioning of an Ultra-Modern Operations Complex (Akwa Complex) which was named after the Chief of the Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa.
In his remarks, the Commanding Officer of the Unit, Lieutenant Colonel Emmanuel Opare Nyante said, though over the years some efforts had been directed at increasing the number of accommodation facilities and also enhancing the quality of existing ones; a lot more could be done to further boost accommodation for personnel.
He also mentioned that in an attempt to ease the acute accommodation problems facing the Armed Forces, efforts had been made by Higher Command through Public-Private Partnerships to improve on accommodation for troops. This was to augment the barracks regeneration project which was launched in early 2017 by Government to address the issue.
However, the Twenty-Four Unit Accommodation project is solely sponsored by Mr Godfred Kwaku Andoh of Midwest Construction Limited; an associate of the Unit. The Commanding Officer explained that the construction of the housing unit by Mr Andoh is his appreciation to God for granting him good health among other blessings and a gesture that formed part of his 64th birthday which was on 4 March 2018. The sponsorship is also his personal contribution to support the Battalion, the Army and our Homeland Ghana. Mr Andoh was also the major sponsor of the cookhouse project which was commissioned by the Unit on Wednesday, 1 November 2017.
The Commanding Officer hinted that, soil testing, land preparation and dumping of materials had already begun. The project is expected to be completed in two to four years.
The Chief of the Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa expressed gratitude to Mr Andoh for the goodhearted gesture after he cut the sod for work to begin on the project.
The facility would provide three-bedroom flat for each occupant. It would also comprise a shopping mart, pharmacy, gymnasium and other recreational facilities to enhance the welfare of troops and their families.